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    Question tag Every man should be careful...

    Hi!
    This is a new thread in which we will discuss some problematic sentences that need suitable question tags.
    The sentence is:
    Every man should be careful,........?
    My opinion: "shouldn't he?"
    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: Question tag Every man should be careful...

    I agree with your choice.
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    Re: Question tag Every man should be careful...

    Why do you think this is 'problematic', man of manners?

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    Re: Question tag Every man should be careful...

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Why do you think this is 'problematic', man of manners?
    Because I first thought that the answer can be "shouldn't they?", but after I thought more carefully, I came to know that since the sentence refers to men individually, the subject should be singular. That, in deed, reminds me of "Many a" which we refer to using a singular subject because of the same reason I have just written in bold. Do you agree on this?
    Last edited by man of manners; 06-Aug-2016 at 00:07. Reason: Removed some boldface
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    Re: Question tag Every man should be careful...

    Quote Originally Posted by man of manners View Post
    Since the sentence refers to men individually, the subject should be singular.
    Is the above-mentioned reason the right one?
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 07-Aug-2016 at 09:49. Reason: Removed unnecessary boldface
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    Re: Question tag Every man should be careful...

    Yes. Every makes it singular. If you said all men, it would be plural.
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    Re: Question tag Every man should be careful...

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Yes. Every makes it singular. If you said all men, it would be plural.
    Oh, you seem to have misunderstood me. I will paraphrase my question:
    "Is the pronoun that can replace 'many a man/every man' singular only because these two structures refer to men individually.?"
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    Re: Question tag Every man should be careful...

    I don't think GS misunderstood you. Every man and many a man are singular expressions. The words I've underlined are a bit of a giveaway. The use of 'many a' is best regarded as idiomatic.

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    Re: Question tag Every man should be careful...

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    I don't think GS misunderstood you. Every man and many a man are singular expressions. The words I've underlined are a bit of a giveaway. The use of 'many a' is best regarded as idiomatic.
    I meant the reason for using singular pronoun when replacing "Many a/Every".
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    Re: Question tag Every man should be careful...

    The reason for using a singular pronoun is that its antecedent is a singular noun!

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